Saturday morning found us at Biggleswade which proved to be a little further than some of us had anticipated. After a murky start, we breathed a sigh of relief when 3 of our team arrived just moments before the starting whistle and, as the sun broke through, our game commenced against what proved to be a good new team with great potential.
Biggleswade started the better team with our girls struggling for possession, but as they started to warm up it changed to more of an end-to-end game.
Kitty, captain for the day, and Jasmine had lots of shots on goal but were kept at bay by a terrific goalie.
Charlotte started on pitch today and got stuck in but took a hefty knock early on which saw her off pitch for a while but she admirably came back on with renewed confidence in the 2nd half.
Eventually Kitty found the back of the net taking us to a 1-0 lead but within minutes the opposition had scored too when a quickly taken free kick took our defence by surprise, leaving Freya exposed and the first half ended at a pretty fair 1 all.
The second half started how the first half finished with us mainly in possession though the girls were finding it tricky to control high bouncing balls on the hard pitch. The opposition were obviously more used to this and were able to run onto the loose balls causing problems for our defence. Scoobs made some crucial tackles & pushed up effectively along the wings, while Ruby K made some good clearances and picked herself up after taking a knock in the first half. Tayla too was under pressure from a very tenacious attack but all three worked hard to limit the assaults on our goal and Freya showed good mobility with some good ball distribution. Regarding the handball Freya, you made the right choice, at the end of the day it stopped a potential goal.
Olivia and Izzy performed well with some good passing play and Olivia covering lots of ground, helping out defence and attack when needed. Izzy almost scored from a lovely top corner shot but the goalie was just too good. Mollie adapted well to a variety of positions today with a particularly good run up the left wing almost finishing off with a goal.
Low shots proved more effective against the Biggleswade goalie and Kitty bought her tally up to a hat-trick taking us to 3-1 by the finish.
Jazz was awarded ‘Girl of the Match’ by the parents (no evidence of squabbles…well done parents!) after a succession of shots on target and some delightfully accurate passing. One shot looked to have gone in but the goal line technology proved otherwise.
Moving forward, the Biggleswade goalie was able to kick out high long balls and this coupled with the high bounce was causing us problems today. The way to deal with this is to try & get our heads to it first. Unfortunately this is a skill we need to practise in training though I understand if the girls are tentative about this. My aim is to start with baby steps just to give them a feel for it.
The ref was sharp today though fair and it is worth noting that the girls will get picked up now on things that would have been overlooked before. Try not to take it too personally girls; it’s all a learning curve. Well done all and thanks to Gary for running the team.